Activision Blizzard would be committed to releasing at least the next three Call of Duty on PlayStation after the purchase of the company by Microsoft, according to reports Bloomberg. Media sources familiar with the publisher’s plans say that before the agreement between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft, the developer had signed the next two Call of Duty annual launch -with campaign- and Warzone 2.
“This includes the Call of Duty this year, which is expected to be a new installment in the popular subsaga Modern Warfare developing Infinity Ward, and the next game, which is underway at Treyarch”, says Jason Schreier. In addition there would be a new version of Call of Duty Warzone, the battle royale free to launch in 2023. Although the article does not give more details, the insider Tom Henderson assures that Warzone 2 be for PC and the current generation of consoles -PS5, Xbox Series X|S-, without integration of old weapons and completely renewed for the most modern hardware.
Warzone 2 is literally that… Warzone 2.
Current gen and PC only… No past weapon integrations etc.
A completely new game for the better hardware. Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) January 25, 2022
Phil Spencer had promised to “respect all existing agreements after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard” and assured that it was his “wish to keep Call of Duty and PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry and we value the relationship.” We now know that the deals Sony was referring to are for these next three shooter.
Will Call of Duty come to PlayStation after 2023?
A question that is not answered in the article is what will happen in the medium and long term, some “fuzzier” plans according to these sources. Microsoft expects the acquisition to close within the next six to 18 months, after which it will be able to decide whether to keep the series on PlayStation, as it does with Microsoft. Minecraft, or release the games only on Xbox and PC, as is the case with the next The Elder Scrolls. Activision employees have also speculated on releases of Call of Duty more spaced instead of the annual rhythm that the saga has had for more than a decade.